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January 20, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan President Salva Kiir has rejected deployment of the regional protection force with the capacity to place Juba International Airport under its mandate.

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The arrivals of Juba International Airport (File Photo)

“The government welcomes and accepts the deployment of regional forces but will not hand over the control of the airport to foreigners.

"I did not fight for 21 years for this country so that whenever I want to leave the country I have to be subjected to a search by a foreigner searching me and check what I’m carrying," Kiir said.

"If this is the force they want to deploy, I will not accept,” he stressed.

The President was speaking on Thursday at the State House during the swearing in ceremony of the new governors.

The south Sudanese leader whose remarks were broadcast by the state owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation admitted that his government had accepted in principle deployment of the regional protection force.

"We welcome this force but the issue of giving airport to them, we refuse," he added.

He asked the SPLM-IO appointed governors of the faction under Taban Deng Gai to go help improve the relationships between civilians from different states.

The state governors, he urged, should cooperate and facilitate free movements of people and goods.

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  • 21 January 00:23, by barbayo

    good statement keep it up, rejection

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    • 21 January 07:03, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      Let me hope that, H.E President Salva Kiir & His Advisors will be holding &won’t surrender the nation to foreigners! It’s an abomination & most impossible thing to happen. If President changes his mind to allow it happening, then he deserves leaving the seat b’se these’re lastly dangerous agreements that occur over dead bodies! This is not a laughing matter!

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      • 21 January 07:20, by Eastern

        The other time you mobilised your clueless youth to demonstrate against the deployment of the RPF, now that’s been accepted by Kiir albeit begrudgingly. The issue of handing Juba airport to this force is just a matter of time. Kiir will soon be cornered like Yahya Jamme of The Gambia. Kiir is a shame to Africa!!!

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        • 21 January 10:24, by South South

          Eastern and Jubaone, tow guys from our Equatoria region think that International Community will invade Juba and give them power while they are hiding outside the country. Dream, Dream and Dream. We have the right to Dream.

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          • 21 January 13:37, by jubaone

            South South,
            Well, that’s your business, as Equatorians we know what we are capable of and the international community knows that.You jienges know there is nothing you can offer except claiming that the international community wants a regime change. If that brings the desired peace then to hell with Kiir and his jienges system.

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            • 22 January 11:59, by jengelon

              Jubaone
              I disagree with you in one point neither UN protection troops nor Jenge are allowed to stay in Juba let the government find one luak to collect these people there the Equatorians are the one to run it we know who comes in & out Juba air port our land our property go home Jenge

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      • 21 January 07:24, by victory john

        if you reject the regional force which was placed in the regions of south sudan meant that our president allow amasskilling in our staties agian.

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      • 21 January 08:04, by jubaone

        Shadrack Nuer,
        Kiir invited and deployed about 250 UPDF mercenaries at the airport in 2014 against Riak’s attacking forces. These were foreigners. So what the f**k. The airport is good as hopeless, poorly manned, outdated technique and radar systems, hopeless jienge management (airport director is a jienge). So the RPF just want professional logistics to ensure safe transport of the force. That is

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        • 21 January 08:38, by Akuma

          Jubaone,

          Nothing good will come with those Regional foreign troops to South Sudan otherwise they will be like 13,000 UNMISS forces present inside South Sudan. However, any foreign troops entering to different nations will be under agreement so that UPDF entering South Sudan was through agreement between two nations.

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          • 21 January 10:20, by jubaone

            Akuma,
            SS under Kiir has already lost it’s sovereignty. Deploying the RPF is just trying to keep what is already disintegrating. Kenya is occupying the Ilemi Triangle, Uganda has taken parts of Acholi and Madi areas, Sudan has taken Abyei, Hufrat en Nahas, Mafia Kingi, DRC tried to annex part of Lasu, so just let these forces do their job.

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    • 21 January 09:59, by Midit Mitot

      Today is NO and tomorrow will be YES I know.

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    • 23 January 06:42, by Sadam Kuikoy

      Kiir, some time back you said no soldier will be accepted then later, you accepted without condition, Last week you renewed the rejection of same force/demanded the new resolution from UNSC, now you welcomed the deployment of the same force before new resolution as you claimed last week with exception of the airport.It will not be a surprise that you will be searched tomorrow without objection.

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  • 21 January 03:08, by Mike

    You’re scared of them because they will search you and your bag and find money you steal and carry with you

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    • 21 January 04:19, by Joyuma John

      Mike,
      Why do you feel happy with search at Juba airport by foreigners did you lose any money and where had you got them?

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  • 21 January 05:47, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    An agreement is a recognition of the condition for acceptance of its terms. To disagree with those terms of protocol is a total disregard of agreement that defines lack of integrity of the Government in any peace deals. There is no flip flopping on peace. The government of Kiir should be watched carefully on deception and misinformation.

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  • 21 January 07:43, by king kush

    Reject it please mr president you didn’t fight alone in the 20+ years please reject this force. If you don’t this will be the end of South Sudan as we know it.the UN is not there to bring peace it’s there to get pay and they get money when we fight I don’t see how are they going to stop their money machine.

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    • 21 January 08:17, by jubaone

      King Kush,
      Kiir is scared cos his chances of fleeing the country maybe reduced once he is to be convicted to the ICC. But I think if they give him a few $ dollars he will immediately change his mind.

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      • 21 January 08:24, by king kush

        The matter is bigger than one person,we are going to loss every thing believe me in your mind Dinka are bad people, ok you are going to have the Yankees very soon be ready.

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  • 21 January 07:49, by king kush

    The people you dealing with don’t want to be hold accountable for what ever happen in the future so they want it to be on our neighbors name. Kenya an Ethiopia are our neighbors we will not fight them if any thing is to happen. Please remember Dr garang blood was shaded in this same way please be careful.

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  • 21 January 08:02, by king kush

    They laugh in your face but they mean to harm you. Don’t hand our country to them, they want it empty and it will be if you aloud it, if any thing happened to you south suda will have a real genocide and the enemies will have the land and the remaining people as servant.please reject them.you are not alone we are with you, let them rethink this if Al Asad can do it so is you reject the force.

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  • 21 January 08:15, by king kush

    In africa their policy is to let the minority rule to have full control of the government and through the minority they can control the majority if they control the government. we have a prime examples Ethiopian and Sudan they have never and will never be in control of their OWN country.

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  • 21 January 08:35, by king kush

    Please south sudanese reject them even if our government agree to that, they are the curse of our modern day. You will not ever be free beleave me their techniques are very advanced we will never gain freedom.

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  • 21 January 09:19, by Kush Natives

    Mr. confused president, who do you think will believe you anymore? How many times you reversed your crazy commitment? Your deadlock brain never delivered anything. You always rely on Mr. Malong. Otherwise, you would have been a gone alga. Truth me, if you happen to changed your mind tomorrow and give up on that nation’s international airport, then you MUST prepare yourself to join Mr. Machar!

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  • 21 January 09:21, by Dengda

    If you know how to play best team, you may have good chance of defeating them. However, if you undermine that you have chances of losing game. Kiir from day when he accepted the RPF, he should work on modality and condition, but he was on denial and acceptances and that team keep on striking and until they defeat Kiir. Airport was priority aftermath of the J1 incident, but Kiir may have argument,

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    • 21 January 09:25, by Dengda

      if well structured in diplomatic ways, but barking at international community as Makuei Lueth do, diminishing the chance of compromises, South Sudan is not Island and must be in conformity with international law, treaties and membership, yesterday at Shirkat I have seen long convoys of UN truck bring in vehicle branded with UN sign, what left if Airport, but why we denied the fact before?

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  • 21 January 09:35, by Kush Natives

    Kiir, if you’re not concentrating on leading this nation, then you MUST excuse yourself from this post! There are millions sons and daughters of RoSS who are capable of this job! You’re fit to be a Bishop of any Catholic Diocese/ churches in RoSS. accept and reject, accept and reject, accept and reject regional forces! what the hell is going on here?

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  • 21 January 10:36, by The Truth

    Truthfully Kiir fears everything including even his own shadow. Any checking at Juba airport will always be done in good faith and according to his government’s oversight. But of course with the lack of statesmanship that he has, he always imagines otherwise. Grow up Kiir, you have been stunted for too long in politics.

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  • 21 January 11:37, by Fair Man

    Do not give sovereignty to RPF. The safety of South Sudanese is paramount regardless of the differences. The RPF came to protect the ACRSS and civilians but granting them control of airport means, allowing do illegal activities. You will see trading in minerals sooner after allowing airport control. Most UN Peacekeepers are corrupted and business minded. See the mess in INGOs that are cheating.

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  • 22 January 07:33, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Juba must accept the whole agreement about international deployment of peace keepers or openly pronounce loud and clearly total rejection of this peace keeping force in the country. It should not sit on the fence about this matter. it should show its brand of leadership to the world.

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